The Union Women and Child Development Ministry plans to set up 17,000 creches within Anganwadi centers across India under the ‘Palna’ scheme.
- This initiative aims to provide safe day-care facilities, enhancing the cognitive, nutritional, and health development of children.
- With an increased participation rate of women in the workforce, reaching 37% in 2022, this expansion of creches signifies a concerted effort to support women while nurturing the development of future generations.
- In July 2022, the Ministry of Women and Child Development revamped the National Creche Scheme into the Palna Scheme under ‘Mission Shakti.’
- This transformation brought about Anganwadi cum Creches and reclassified existing creches from the old scheme as Stand Alone Creches.